• Manager offers no comment on whether Ødegaard a target
  • Arteta feels squad is ‘a little bit short in certain areas’

Arsenal’s mini purge of unwanted players has left them free to make additions this month according to Mikel Arteta, who says they are active in the market.

Arteta would not comment on suggestions Arsenal are competing with Real Sociedad for the loan signing of Martin Ødegaard, the Real Madrid playmaker, but confirmed he plans to bring players in before the transfer window closes on 1 February.

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